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The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
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Aug 20, 2011

really liked it
Read from August 20 to 26, 2011

Great fun to re-read, even after all these years. Like Eye of the World, The Great Hunt still focusses on a manageable number of characters, all of whom are detailed and easy to empathise with (although Perrin gets benched for pretty much the whole novel). Conflicts are still human scale, although you get to enjoy as some of the characters (particularly Rand) finally begin to come into their own.

The main recommendation, of course, is Jordan's epic story, which continues to move along at a cracking pace, introducing us to yet more of his finely detailed world. Particularly note-worthy are the Seanchan, whose entrance into the story is so unexpected, yet so integral for everything that's to come. The depiction of Cairhien serves well to give the reader a taste of the backstabbing and political maneuvering to come. Overall, the novel does an excellent job of continuing to feel epic, while still moving forward at an enjoyably human level.

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